the nail files: sparkly snow leopard

Yay!! It's time for the nail files!!

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No, you're not lost, I just got an extreme makeover, courtesy of Nikki from Delightful Designs! Not only that, but my domain name has been changed as well. Yes, it's safe to say that I'm feeling like a more legit writer with my actual name out there. 

*brushes shoulders off*

And, as you can also see, there's a new nail files button. I PROMISE that this will be the last change for a long time. Ha! Oh, and I have no idea why the little text box doesn't have any actual text in it. Hopefully that will be remidied by next week. :)


I really dug the black and white gradient from last week, so I decided to keep the monochromatic vibe going for this week, too. Only this time, I added some sparkle (because, let's be real, sparkles make everything better).

What I used:

The Mani:

When I started thinking about what other black-and-white mani I could do, I looked for inspiration from one of my favourite animals, the snow leopard. However, despite going to the zoo on multiple occasions to see the snow leopards, I never even got a glimpse because they were always sleeping behind a wooden wall at the back of their enclosed area. However, thanks to the internet, I know what they look like, so SCREW YOU SLEEPY TORONTO ZOO SNOW LEOPARDS. I WILL STILL BE INSPIRED BY YOU EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE MORE OF AN ENIGMA THAN A REAL ANIMAL.

Wow...I guess I still haven't quite gotten over that. Haha!

Unexpected childhood trauma flash-back aside, I love how the leopard spots turned out. I ran out of my favourite silver sparkle (OPI's Crown Me Already) and have been mourning the loss but I think that Set in Stones is a pretty good replacement. I did two coats of it on my pointer finger and the coverage was impressive.

Now it's your turn! Link up and show off all your pretty nails! 

Oh, and here's a little secret: Next week, I'm doing a REALLY GOOD nail-related giveaway and you'll get extra entries if you have a nail files post to link up. I wanted to figure out a way to give regular nail filers and readers an edge, and think this heads-up is the best way. You're welcome. Ha! So if you've been making the rounds for a while and haven't linked up yet, this gives you some time to get a post together for next week. And for those who have been around for a while, but haven't linked up lately, you also have a week to put a post together. Trust me, if you've ever thought about wanting to try nail art, but don't have the tools and supplies, you're totally going to want to enter. And even if you already have supplies, you can always use more, right? :)


  1. Love the nails! Especially the pointer. :)

    Such a shame you didn't get to see them. Last time I went to a zoo (a few years ago), we couldn't find the swans (which are my fave) and they were closing. Mom left my baby sister with her daddy and took me off literally running around the zoo to find them off in some mysterious back section that I'm amazed anyone finds. lol But I was so stoked to finally seen them in person! I ended up puking from all the running (plus it was mid July so it was HOT) and spent the rest of the day sick, but it was worth it. Probably one of the nicest things mom's ever done. And I got a swan souvenir to remember it. Hopefully you'll have your moment to be excited over seeing your snow leopards. And hopefully a less dramatic encounter than mine. haha :)

  2. Love this!! I hope you get to see the snow leopard one day. I have the same problem when I go haha no one ever wants to show their little faces. I thought it was just me!

  3. Your childhood trauma flashback had me laughing out loud. You crack me up. That mani is so beautiful and classic with a funky trendy edge--just what I like! So pretty!! And thanks for the heads up on the you know what for next week--I'll definitely be around for that one ;) You rock! Also? It feels good to be back! Another also? Your new name/design is great!

  4. Love these nails! Adding the silver sparkle was a perfect touch! Big fan of your new Nail Files button too :) Can I ask how the process was, buying your own domain? I've been thinking about doing it for awhile but am a little intimidated! I'd love to her your experience with it and how easy/difficult it is to set up a redirect between your blogspot address and your new domain.


  5. Very pretty. Cute new button, but I can't get the code to work. I copied the pic & added it.

  6. Nice redesign, and loving the monochromatic nails as well! I love going to the zoo, I think the last one I went to was in Washington D.C. Fortunately, the panda's were social that day :-)

  7. This is a pretty spectacular mani! Great job! I may just have to try my hand at this someday soon! And I agree, sparkles really do make everything better!

  8. Pretty! I like how subtle it is, too. :)

    One of these days, I need your grand list of nail art supplies every gal should have...because it's becoming clear to me that I need the right tools for the job. Or more wine. Or both.

  9. Oh, and I tagged you in my Saturday post - http://tallulah-bonvivantbeauty.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-autumn-tag.html.

    If you are so inclined :-)

  10. LOVE!! The new design looks great! Congrats on becoming more official! :)

  11. This is so cute! I see I'm not the only one that was thinking about animals this week. :)

  12. Hello!

    Your nails are so pretty Jennie! I love the black & white color, and the designs. Too cute! Thanks for hosting the link up.

    Lillies & Silk


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